Pub glass to be thing of past?
REVELATIONS that a glass ban could eventually apply to all Queensland pubs and clubs were yesterday met with mixed reactions across the Fraser Coast.
The ban was initially to be enforced on any venue open after midnight or 3am that had more than three violence incidents in a year.
This week, however, Liquor Licensing Minister Peter Lawlor predicted all Queensland pubs and clubs would eventually introduce shatter-proof glass.
“While it’s not mandatory for licensed premises to introduce glass alternatives, the industry is progressing that way,” he said.
Gary Gilbert, manager of the Carriers Arms Hotel in Maryborough, said he did not believe switching to tempered glasses would fix alcohol-fuelled glassings at Fraser Coast venues.
“I don’t think glasses are the problem – it’s the people. People are just angrier in general and alcohol just adds to the mix.
“It’s unfortunate because I think there’s nothing better than a nice cold beer in a cold glass.
“I think realistically it will be a long time before it’s rolled out to regional hotels.”
One of the only hotels on the Fraser Coast to already serve some drinks in shatter-proof glasses is Lounge 1868 in Maryborough – and part-owner Cathy Kleinberg is in full support of making the ban statewide.
“I think, at the end of the day, looking at Australia there are so many places that attract excessive alcohol consumption and bad behaviour, so anything that’s preventing someone getting injured is a good idea.
“No one notices when we serve them a drink in a reinforced glass – even some of our cocktail glasses are shatter-proof.”
Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group state manager Trevor Smith switched a quarter of his 110 establishments – including two on the Fraser Coast – to glass alternatives.
He said the only downside was a 20 per cent increase in the price per glass and it now cost about $20,000 to put tempered glasses in each venue.
“While the cost of purchasing tempered is more expensive than normal glass, there has been a decrease in replacement costs as tempered glass lasts longer,” he said.
“Besides, price is not a substitute for safety.
“Patrons don’t seem to notice they are drinking from tempered glass.
“We certainly haven’t received any comments from anyone.”
The State Government was encouraging all pubs to move to tempered glasses or plastic but had issued show cause notices to 77 venues where there have been repeated attacks.
Of the 77, two had been withdrawn, 14 had solicitors in negotiations and 61 had been given an extended deadline to next month.